Tiger Woods on wrongful death claim: ‘We’re all extremely unfortunate’ over worker’s death
A.J. Perez, U.S.A. TODAY
Published 12: 54 p.m. ET May 14, 2019| Updated 1: 30 p.m. ET May 14, 2019
Correction and information: A previous version of this story consisted of an inaccurate blood alcohol concentration for Nicholas Immesberger. It was.256
Tiger Woods revealed acknowledgements from Bethpage Black for a 24- year-old restaurant staff member who died in an inebriated crash in December. At the same time Tuesday, the parents of the departed bartender spoke at a press conference about the wrongful death claim they brought versus the 15- time significant winner.
” Well, we’re all really unfortunate that Nick passed away,” Woods told press reporters from the site of the 101 st PGA Championship in Farmingdale, N.Y. “It was a horrible night, a terrible ending, and we feel bad for him and his whole household. It’s extremely unfortunate.”
Woods and sweetheart Erica Herman, the basic supervisor of Woods’ Florida restaurant, were listed as offenders in a wrongful death lawsuit submitted in Palm Beach County, Florida, on Monday by the parents of Nicholas Immesberger. The claim declares Immesberger was over-served prior to the 1999 Chevrolet Corvette he drove was included in a single-car mishap about 15 miles north of The Woods
Immesberger had an estimated blood alcohol concentration of.256 — more than 3 times the legal limit– at the time of the fatal crash, according to the suit.
” Nick was an excellent kid, an amusing kid,” said Scott Duchene, Immesberger’s dad. “He had a great deal of drive and he was taken away from us. I feel he should still be here with us. I’m just very disappointed in this entire scenario.”
Woods was not at the restaurant at the very same time as Immesberger on Dec. 10, according to family attorney Spencer T. Kuvin. Immesberger drank for about 3 hours after his shift prior to he left the restaurant, according to the lawsuit.
Although he wasn’t present, Woods might possibly be held accountable under Florida law if a foreseeable threat of injury or death takes place due to over-serving someone with a recognized history of alcoholic abuse issues.
Kuvin said those concerns appeared to everyone at The Woods, including Woods.
Woods and Herman sat at the bar with Immesberger “only nights before” the fatal wreck, Kuvin said. Immesberger needed to be picked up by his sister “because he could hardly walk” and Immesberger knocked over “a whole tray of glasses.”
” Both Erica and Tiger are accountable because they had understanding,” Kuvin stated.
Woods played in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas from Nov. 30- Dec. 3 prior to he traveled to Australia for a Presidents Cup hunting journey. He left Australia on Dec. 7.
Kuvin alleged the somebody at The Woods destroyed video footage of Immesberger drinking at the bar after his fatal crash.
” Among the most substantial concerns we have here is the damage of evidence,” Kuvin stated. “Clearly, it shows that someone knew something had gone wrong and they desired to eliminate that evidence.”
The claim seeks “in excess of” $15,000, which is jurisdictional limitation for the court.
Asked if being a bartender was a proper profession option for someone with an alcoholism, Kuvin said “it clearly wasn’t the very best job for this young guy.”